July 30 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Dawn French has hosted a 10-minute tribute to her Vicar of Dibley co-star Roger Lloyd Pack, who died last month at the age of 69.
The actor, most famous for playing Trigger in Only Fools and Horses, lived near Fakenham and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.
The special tribute was shown on BBC One after the Sunday-night news.
French said he was charming, brilliant, and passionate about left-wing causes, and nothing like the dim-witted character he played in Only Fools and Horses, but she added he was “absolutely wonderful as Trigger”.
The programme included clips from pre-Only Fools and Horses work, including Dixon of Dock Green and Within These Walls, as well as the famous clip of Del Boy falling to the floor at a wine bar as he stood next to Trigger.
French told viewers how the character of Trigger was initially expected to be a supporting role, but was so popular that he appeared in almost every episode, famously always calling Rodney ‘Dave’.
The programme also highlighted Lloyd Pack’s successful stage work, particularly plays by Harold Pinter, and acting in Richard III at The Globe Theatre.
French said he was “a really lovely, interesting, complicated man”, before adding that there could be no better tribute than the repeat of the first ever episode of Only Fools and Horses, which was shown following the tribute.